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Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English herde, heerde, heorde, from Old English hierd, heord (herd, flock; keeping, care, custody), from Proto-Germanic *herdō (herd), from Proto-Indo-European *kerdʰ- (file, row, herd). Cognate with German Herde, Swedish hjord. Non-Germanic cognates include Albanian herdhe (nest) and Serbo-Croatian krdo.

NounEdit

herd (plural herds)

  1. A number of domestic animals assembled together under the watch or ownership of a keeper. [from 11th c.]
  2. Any collection of animals gathered or travelling in a company. [from 13th c.]
    • 2007, J. Michael Fay, Ivory Wars: Last Stand in Zakouma, National Geographic (March 2007), 47,
      Zakouma is the last place on Earth where you can see more than a thousand elephants on the move in a single, compact herd.
  3. (now usually derogatory) A crowd, a mass of people; now usually pejorative: a rabble. [from 15th c.]
    • Dryden
      But far more numerous was the herd of such / Who think too little and who talk too much.
    • Coleridge
      You can never interest the common herd in the abstract question.
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VerbEdit

herd (third-person singular simple present herds, present participle herding, simple past and past participle herded)

  1. (intransitive) To unite or associate in a herd; to feed or run together, or in company.
    Sheep herd on many hills.
    • 1953, Janice Holt Giles, The Kentuckians
      The women bunched up in little droves and let their tongues clack, and the men herded together and passed a jug around and, to tell the truth, let their tongues clack too.
    • 1983, Richard Ellis, The Book of Sharks, Knopf, →ISBN, page 167:
      Any predator that preys on animals that herd or school, has to be able to single out one individual to attack.
  2. (transitive) To unite or associate in a herd
    He is employed to herd the goats.
  3. (intransitive) To associate; to ally oneself with, or place oneself among, a group or company.
    (Can we date this quote?) I’ll herd among his friends, and seem
    One of the number.
    Addison.
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Etymology 2Edit

From Middle English herde, from Old English hirde, hierde, from Proto-Germanic *hirdijaz. Cognate with German Hirte, Swedish herde, Danish hyrde.

NounEdit

herd (plural herds)

  1. (now rare) Someone who keeps a group of domestic animals; a herdsman.
    • 2000, Alasdair Grey, The Book of Prefaces, Bloomsbury 2002, page 38:
      Any talent which gives a good new thing to others is a miracle, but commentators have thought it extra miraculous that England's first known poet was an illiterate herd.
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VerbEdit

herd (third-person singular simple present herds, present participle herding, simple past and past participle herded)

  1. (intransitive, Scotland) To act as a herdsman or a shepherd.
  2. (transitive) To form or put into a herd.
    I heard the herd of cattle being herded home from a long way away.
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Norwegian BokmålEdit

VerbEdit

herd

  1. imperative of herde

Old High GermanEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Germanic *herþaz, whence also Old Saxon herth, Old Frisian herth, hirth, Old English heorþ. Ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *kerh₃- (heat, fire).

NounEdit

herd m

  1. hearth

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